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The tickets and full program of the 17th Five Flavours are already available!

26 October 2023
Yudo, dir. Masayuki Suzuki

Epic blockbusters confirming the tip-top shape of the masters, or gems heralding the rise of new talents? Burning glances under the skin of Korean society, or a relaxing visit to a Japanese bathhouse? Restored films of a genius director who shaped the path of mainstream cinema decades ago, or a generous serving of movies from a country whose cinema has been the sensation of the past few years? Like every year, Five Flavours delivers a wide range of experiences and emotions. We've announced the complete program of the Festival and the beginning of ticket sales!

We proudly present the program of the 17th edition of Five Flavours, the yearly celebration of movies from Asia – the continent with the biggest, most exciting cinemas in the world. This year's lineup includes 38 carefully selected films, 28 of which will also be available online. Five Flavours takes place on November 15-21 in Warsaw, in Kinoteka and Muranów cinemas and, simultaneously, online throughout Poland (November 15 – December 3).

A screening schedule and a list of films through which you can buy Festival tickets:

Screening schedule
List of films

Festival Passes, both the Cinema+Online and Online versions, are also available:

Buy a Festival Pass

Meeting with Five Flavours audiences

On Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m., we invite you for a live meeting on Festival Facebook and Instagram. During the stream, we will discuss the program and answer any questions you may have about it.

Five Flavours Team Live Meeting

Sections of the 17th Five Flavours AFF
  • New Asian Cinema – the Festival's competition section is the barometer of changes and moods in Asian countries. It includes 11 films made by authors on the brinks of their careers that come together to form a colorful, sharp panorama of Asian cinema. The winner of the 17th Five Flavours will be chosen by International People's Jury made up of nine Asian cinema enthusiasts coming to Warsaw from all across Europe;

  • Asian Cinerama – tasty big-budget blockbusters, new films by renown authors and surprising discoveries that won over the hearts of Asian audiences;

  • Retrospective: King Hu – six restored masterpieces directed by the legend of Chinese-language wuxia films whose thinking was way ahead of his time. Hu created the character of a strong woman warrior, turned action scenes into dance, and financed his films through co-productions. From quick action films to philosophical treatises set in beautiful landscapes – King Hu's films have it all;

  • Hong Kong Heroines – a look at Hong Kong cinema from the point of view of its heroines. From brave warriors with swords, to strong women fighting for a better life – this section highlights the greatest actresses working in the Fragrant Harbor;

  • Focus: India – a new direction in the Five Flavours' program. Focus: India is an invitation to delve into the fascinating tissue of cinematic stories told by artists working within different cinemas of this diverse, extremely ambitious country;

  • Special screenings – films whose contexts are connected to the Festival's program.

Festival guests

This year, the Five Flavours guests include a number of wonderful filmmakers from Asia. Coming to Warsaw are: Chihiro Ito ("Side By Side," "In Her Room"), Lim Oh-jeong ("Hail To Hell"), Lee Jeong-hong ("A Wild Roomer"), Makbul Mubarak ("Autobiography"), Jin Ong ("Abang Adik"), and Anastasia Tsang ("A Light Never Goes Out"). The meetings after the screenings will be a chance to ask about the production process of the films they directed. But that's not all – more interviews with guest who were not able to join us in Poland will be published in open access at piecsmakow.pl.

Intros, podcasts, and other materials

Five Flavours goes beyond film screenings, offering rich, substantial materials connected to Festival films. Each screening will be accompanied by a short, spoiler-free introduction of a Five Flavours selectioner.

Another source of information we prepared for our viewers is the Festival Newspaper. It includes the screening schedule and essays tied to the Festival sections. The Newspaper will be available both in physical and digital form.

The audiences will also be able to listen to a number of podcasts filled with in-depth conversations about the films and the issues they raise. Apart from our regular Five Flavours podcast recorded by the Festival's selectioners, our media partners and collaborators will also prepare their own audio materials.

Festival Club

Apart from the movies, Five Flavours is also filled with debates and the Festival after-screening life. This year, we invite you to our Festival Club – Amondo Club, for a special menu and a bunch of other attractions. You will get a chance to sing the biggest hits at karaoke, just like they do in Asian films, and compete in a film quiz on Asian cinema. During a special DJ set, music inspired by Asian cinema will be shaking us out of the autumn melancholy.

Prices of Tickets and Passes

Prices of single cinema tickets:

  • Regular Ticket – 28 PLN

  • Muranów and Kinoteka screenings for senior citizens – 25 PLN

  • Reduced Rate Ticket (screenings starting before 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) – 22 PLN

  • Reduced Rate Ticket for senior citizens (screenings starting before 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) – 20 PLN

  • Gala Opening on November 15 – 35 PLN

  • Single Online Access – 22 PLN (access to a film for 48 hours)

The Five Flavours Cinema+Online Pass costs 350 PLN and includes access to all Festival screenings in cinemas (except the Gala Opening) and access to all films on the Festival Video Platform. The number of Cinema+Online Passes is limited and they will be available for purchase until November 7 at the latest.

The Five Flavours Online Pass costs 190 PLN and includes access to all films on the Festival Video Platform. The number of Online Passes is unlimited and they will be available for purchase throughout the Festival. 28 films from the program will be available online.

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